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  • 3 crucial features Twitter should just implement already

    With all of the changes Twitter has been announcing and implementing recently, it seems as though the social media micro-blogging (can we still call it that?) giant isn't listening to its users. There are a range of problems with the platform -- as there are with any social media system, really -- but Twitter could be so much more. At the moment, the company is showing financial growth, but not user growth which could be attributed to a number of reasons. These are the three crucial features Twitter needs to implement as soon as possible: 1. Conversation untagging Have you ever been caught up...

  • It’s official: Twitter announces character count and @reply changes

    Twitter made a pretty big announcement Wednesday, and it's something that many users have requested. The company has officially announced that it will soon neglect to count image links and @replies towards the 140 character limit. This effectively means that users can now dedicate all of those 140 characters to actual written content within tweets. "In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters," the company's senior product manager Todd Sherman...

  • Standard Bank’s horrible Monday continues on Twitter

    Standard Bank has endured a rather torrid week already, having revealed that it was the victim of a R300-million credit card scam in Japan. You can catch up on the original story here. If the bank was expecting sympathy from South Africans, there was none to be had, as SA Twitter users lambasted the institution or had fun at its expense. Social media users had a little field day following the news... *Standard Bank calls JP police* 👮: “For mass bank fraud please press 1…” SB: pic.twitter.com/xkehOwp97m — Pawel Janiak (@cynicalgrinch) May 23, 2016 Somewhere, the Standard Bank CEOs be like pic.twitter.com/4D4uB9eBhY — Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) May 23,...

  • Twitter will soon let users broadcast video within tweets via Periscope

    Twitter (like its plethora of rivals in the social space) is in constant flux, in terms of user base and app design. And it's the latter that's really trying to create a stable based for the former. Speaking of which, Twitter has now added a button within the app that lets users broadcast live video using Periscope. Spotted by The Verge, the little addition is only available to a handful of users, but it's nevertheless interesting for all. The company's calling it the "Go Live" button, and suggests that "all users will have the ability to start a Periscope broadcast from...

  • Twitter to exclude URLs, images from tweets’ 140 character limit

    Popular social media micro-blogging platform Twitter may soon remove image and URL character counts from its 140-character tweets. According to a post on Bloomberg, the publication spoke to someone "familiar with the matter," who revealed the change could happen within the next two weeks. At present, links take up 23 characters, even after URLs have been shortened. There is no word yet on how many URLs or images can be linked to a tweet, which, if handled incorrectly, could lead to an even greater influx of spam. These exclusions will add to the range of changes Twitter has made this year. In...

  • Instagram’s new icon isn’t getting much love on Twitter

    In case you're too busy using Snapchat, or don't bother with all this social media nonsense, Instagram has done the one thing social media users absolutely hate: change its app. The company today launched a revised Instagram app, with monochrome buttons and a new icon that now boasts the full sunset gradient treatment. While the app remains the same in terms of navigable menus, button placements and overall mechanics, Instagram does note that the change aims to "puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app." But even so, people are rather, rather annoyed, and took...

  • Periscope introduces new features, broadcast search and drone integration

    Periscope today upped its rivalry with Facebook Live Video by introducing a host of new features. The new features follow last week's release of a beta version that include a feature that allows users to save broadcasts for longer than 24 hours. The new features include broadcast search and an integration with DJI drones. Users can now search for broadcasts by title or topic by using the Global list search button. Users will then be able to see a list of recommended topics with topics like travel, music, food, and others. Searching for titles also work in the same...

  • Afeni Shakur dies: Twitter pays tribute to hip-hop’s godmother

    Mother of lauded legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, activist and generally inspirational human being Afeni Shakur has died aged 69. According to reports, Shakur suffered what seems to be cardiac arrest in the late hours of 2 May 2016. The investigation is currently ongoing. Deps responded to report of poss cardiac arrest @ 9:34PM last night @ her home in Sausalto, trans to hospital where she died @ 10:28PM. — Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) May 3, 2016 Afeni Shakur, who oversaw her son's meteoric posthumous rise to hip-hop stardom, was herself an activist against racial prejudice and an active political figure in the US. Soon...

  • Twitter continues harassment fight with new tool

    Twitter has already gone a long way to helping users battle cyber-bullying and harassment. Now, the company is continuing this trend with a much-needed update. Making a report for each offending tweet can be a tedious process, but users now have the ability to file multiple dodgy tweets in one report. In other words, you don't have to submit a report for each of the 500 threats you might receive. Seriously, this sort of thing is kind of a problem. "This update makes it easier for you to provide us with more information about the extent of abuse and reduces the time it takes to do so....

  • Weekly Round Up #59: Cell C CEO, YouTube 360° live stream, Dark Souls board game, Xbox 360 is dead

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Reporters Graham van der Made and Hadlee Simons. The team discusses Cell CEO sexist statements, YouTube launching 360 % live video streaming functionality, Dark Souls board game smashing Kickstarter records and the death of the Xbox 360. In a new feature 'Weird News of the week', the ever the misbehaving child, internet, names a research vessel "Boaty McBoatface" and the authorities won't have none of the silliness. The team also talks about what...

  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • Zuma faces backlash on Twitter after addressing South Africa

    President Jacob Zuma hastily took to the airwaves on Friday to announce his thoughts on this week's Constitutional Court judgement. The court found that Zuma had indeed violated the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report. "It puts an end to any other interpretation of this matter," Zuma said, adding that there was "no deliberate intention" to violate the Constitution. Zuma said he would pay back the money -- the amount has yet to be determined. Expected a call for resignation? Politicians and ordinary citizens wasted no time in expressing themselves, hammering their "tweet" buttons in the wake of the...

  • Periscope celebrates first birthday, 200m broadcasts to date

    Periscope, the Twitter owned live video streaming service, celebrated its first year online this past weekend. Compared to Twitter, which turned 10 recently, Periscope is by far still an infant but the live video streaming has achieved a lot according to the company's blog post. Periscope claims that over 200-million broadcasts have been made on its platform, and over 110 years of live video are watched every day on its iOS and Android apps. Periscope's stats however do not give a full picture of its reach. Last year in August, the company claimed that it had two million daily active users...

  • Special Podcast #14: Tom Fox, partner manager for EMEA at Twitter, talks to Memeburn

    Twitter's partner manager for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Tom Fox recently visited South Africa and Memeburn had a chance to catch up with him. Stuart Thomas and Graham van der Made interview Fox about Periscope, advert engagement, and how Twitter encourages companies to advertise on the social media platform. A self-proclaimed sports fan, Fox has been at Twitter since 2012. He originally worked in sales, specialising in mobile and sport at the social network before being promoted to his current position. One of the interesting tidbits from the interview includes the number of tweets during the Oscars. According to Fox, "When Leonardo...

  • Twitter introduces Fabric mobile app for developers, with real time updates

    Twitter has released its newest app, aimed at developers. The Fabric app allows developers to monitor various analytics and diagnostics about their applications, beyond the usual download number and reported faults, all in real time. The app has been adopted from its web based variant, where up to now, developers could only access on a web. What is vastly different about the app is that developers can get real time updates with push notifications on the go and do not have to wait for when they go to the web. Twitter says that the push notifications will focus on...